Eduardo Alonso underwent two big changes in the same day.
First he became a U.S. citizen on May 15. Later that day, he launched his college career by signing a letter of intent to play soccer for Metropolitan Community College.
Alonso goes by the nickname “Lalo.” He graduated from Smith-Cotton High School in Sedalia and was a Class 3 First Team All-State selection.
His family is originally from Mexico, and he loves soccer.
Alonso plays for Kansas City’s Alliance Futbol Club. The organization has several teams, many of which compete regionally and nationally.
Off the field, he is a quiet, hard-working person, says his Alliance coach, Brian Budzinski. But on the field he plays with “tons of flair. He plays with passion. The guy can put the ball in the back of the net.”
It’s that passion and style of play that caught the attention of MCC soccer coach David Owens.
Owens not only recruited Alonso, he also recruited four other players from Alonso’s team along with two players from another Alliance team.
“Coming from a team that has a winning culture, they expect to win,” Owens says.
He says these recruits come from a team that’s played all over the country. Owens says they are used to facing quality players and he expects them to do well at MCC.
“They will not be Intimidated by other teams with international players. These kids aren’t going to be scared of anything.”
That will be a big plus for what will be a young Wolves soccer team, which is based at MCC-Blue River. Only about eight players are returning next season, Owens says. Sixteen freshmen are on the roster.
Budzinski says Alonso and his teammates will provide a lot of scoring power. “I’m excited to see Lalo get into a very structured and high-level environment like Coach Owens provides for his student athletes.”